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Canada-Mozambique relations

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Bilateral relations

Canada established diplomatic relations with Mozambique in 1975, following the latter’s independence. In Mozambique, Canada maintains a High Commission in Maputo (which is concurrently accredited to Angola and Eswatini). In Canada, Mozambique is represented through its High Commission in Washington, D.C.

Canada and Mozambique maintain positive relations and have a history of collaboration on shared priorities, notably on the Ottawa Convention to ban landmines. Canada also provided support to the UN Operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ) (1992-1994). Canada and Mozambique are members of the Commonwealth and La Francophonie (Mozambique is an Observer), and have a common interest in important multilateral issues related to the environment and climate change.

Trade relations

In 2021, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Mozambique totaled $80.5 million, comprising $39.9 million in exports from Canada and $40.6 million in imports from Mozambique.

The Mozambican market presents opportunities for Canadian businesses and investors in infrastructure, traditional and renewable energy generation and distribution, as well as in agri-business, oil and gas, and mining. The number of Canadian companies active in Mozambique is small but steadily growing, particularly in niche areas such as consultancy services, specialized engineering services, and drilling services.

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International assistance

Mozambique is one of Canada's largest recipients of international assistance. Since 2010, Canada has contributed more than $1.25 billion in international assistance to Mozambique.

In line with Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are at the heart of our approach. Aligning with Mozambican priorities, Canada’s bilateral development programming in Mozambique is working towards 4 main objectives:

  1. improving health (including sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health)
  2. increasing participation in, and access to, quality education and training
  3. improving gender equality, economic resilience and conflict resolution
  4. supporting the foundations for more inclusive, conflict-sensitive democratic processes and public services

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, Canada provided $37 million in 2020‑21, including support to testing, modelling and vaccine rollout, as well as social protection payments to vulnerable households impacted by the economic consequences of COVID‑19. Canada also provides humanitarian assistance to Mozambique, with much of this funding focused in the centre and north of the country responding to climatic events and conflict.

In addition, the Government of Canada is a strong supporter of the multilateral system and programs that benefit Mozambique, including Education Cannot Wait, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, and other key programs implemented through partners such as the African Development Bank and the World Bank.

For more information on our assistance, please see the Project Browser.

Partnerships and organizations

To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Mozambique work closely in multilateral fora, such as:

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